Former Soldier Who Faked Combat Service in Iraq for Medical Benefits Gets Probation

A former soldier who faked combat service in Iraq to get medical compensation has been sentenced to three years' probation by a federal judge who called his behavior "deplorable."

Brandon V. Perkins, of Kent, Wash., appeared in U.S. District Court Friday before Judge Richard Jones.

The News Tribune said the judge noted the American flag was at half staff in front of the Seattle courthouse and told the 22-year-old Perkins what he had done was "an extreme disservice to those who have served our country valaintly and been injured or killed in battle."

Perkins pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to falsely claiming to be suffering pain and injury from a combat injury suffered when hme was shot by enemy fire while deployed in Iraq.

Based on his claims, Perkins received $2,720 in Veterans Administration medical benefits to which he wasn't entitled.